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Fringe Art:

September 10, 2012

Living Walls 2012 Slideshow

Murals Re-Make the City of Atlanta

By Nancy Staab

New street art energizes Atlanta neighborhoods as Living Walls welcomes a cadre of international talents

Now in its third year, the Atlanta-based mural art conference formed by Monica Campana not only garnered some fancy new corporate sponsors (W Midtown hotel and Museum of Design Atlanta), but also a major story with a positive spin in The New York Times. The article, dated August 17, 2012, bore the headline “Putting a Good Face on Street Art, to Upgrade Atlanta.” More importantly, the conference invited 28 international street artists from Argentina to Vancouver to take overlooked building sides, gritty subway underpasses and the facades of foreclosed homes and transform them into graphic, often colorful, large-scale canvases preaching positive messages. All spaces were obtained legally via the proper permits and in a new twist to the conference, Campana focused solely on female artists this year. In addition to the big reveal of the murals, the conference included a bike tour, lectures, symposiums and parties. A few Atlanta artists also participated in this year’s conference, including Paper Twins, Sheila Pree Bright and Sarah Emerson.  Below is a slideshow of some of this year’s murals. The Living Walls Conference takes place every August in Atlanta.

 For more info visit:  livingwallsconference.com

SEE SLIDESHOW BELOW FOR MURALS FROM THIS YEAR'S LIVING WALLS STREET ART CONFERENCE